UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5000 National Literacy and Numeracy Test

Credit 0 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (the test) is designed to assess initial teacher education students' personal literacy and numeracy skills to ensure teachers are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching and assist higher education providers, teacher employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers.

The test has been introduced to assess the aspects of students' personal literacy and numeracy skills that can be measured through an online assessment tool. Initial teacher education students will pay to sit the test. The test is available in set windows throughout each year.

The test is computer-based and consists of a literacy test and a numeracy test, each of which is administered in a two-hour session. At the beginning of each test session, additional time is allowed for a short orientation to the test screen and the various response formats.

If students are sitting both test components of the test at a test centre, they should allow at least 5½ hours from the time of registration for all testing procedures to be completed. There is a 20 minute break between each test component. It is not possible to leave the literacy or numeracy test component in the last 10 minutes. Care should be taken when making return travel arrangements including parking to allow adequate time at the test centre.

If students are sitting the test by remote proctoring, the test consists of four hours of test time, with a 10 minute break between the literacy and numeracy tests.

Students are administered 130 test questions in total, 65 literacy questions and 65 numeracy questions. In the numeracy test, there are 52 questions for which an online calculator is available, and 13 questions for which the online calculator is not available.

All the questions are in either selected responses (e.g. multiple choice) or short answer formats. No extended writing is required. Marks will not be deducted for incorrect responses.
Outcomes Students are able to demonstrate their personal literacy and numeracy skills.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: national literacy and numeracy test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the national literacy and numeracy test component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Helen Wildy
Contact hours assessment only—no associated contact hours
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5000/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5000/SEM-2/2017
Note The test is provided by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Students can register for the test on this webpage: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

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